Claire Z. Angelini
September 1, 1929 - January 27, 2013
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Claire Z. Angelini of Wilmington, NC, died January 27, 2013. She was born to James Booth and Edna Mackie Zimmerman on September 1, 1929. She is survived by her husband George F. Angelini and her children, son, Dr. Kenneth B. Kurica and wife Marty from Colorado Springs, CO., and daughter Ginny K. Guerry from Wilmington, NC., grandchildren Tyler B. Kurica, Laura A. Rosenhahn, Stephanie N. Kurica of CO, and Jill M. Guerry, and Travis J Guerry of Wilmington.
After marrying George Angelini in Hawaii in 1977, her family increased, adding three more daughters Claudia A. Bates, Pamela Boyle and Suzanne Skene and five more grandchildren, Amelia and Matthew Bates, Dawn Kidney and Karen Schutter, Michelle and Rory Skene and two great-grandchildren Brandon and Brooke Schutter.
Claire graduated from Southern Seminary Junior College in Virginia and from Kean University in NJ. She was an educator for 30 happy years. She became a member of the American Association of University Women of Wilmington NC, as well as a life member of the National Education Association.
She is also became member of the Gloria Chapter No 159 of the Order of the Easter Star of NJ, and a
member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She has traced her father’s family back to 1651.
Some of the highlights of her life involved her experiences as a pilot. Claire earned her private pilot’s license in 1968 and joined the Ninety Nines, an organization started by Amelia Earhart, for women pilots. She became Governor of the NY/NJ Section and in 1979 hosted the 99’s celebration of their 50th anniversary. She flew in the Powder Puff Derby, Empire State 300, the Garden State 300, and the Angel Derby from Acapulco, Mexico to Fort Lauderdale, FL. Ultimately she earned her multi-engine and seaplane ratings.
After retiring, she enjoyed an active life in Grand Harbor in Vero Beach, FL. She then moved to Wilmington NC where she was very involved in her community; joining the Newcomers Club, playing tennis, golf, and bridge.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Wilmington where funeral services will be held on January 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm. A memorial service will be held in her summer home town of Highgate Springs, VT
Claire loved flowers and enjoyed her gardens in her summer home in VT In lieu of flowers the family is requesting contributions to the ”The Claire Flower Fund” to support the perpetual garden at Camp Randolph where she lived every summer.
The Randolph Company, C/O “The Claire Flower Fund” PO Box 188, Highgate Springs, VT 05460.